Prenatal Vitamins (Oral)

Prenatal Vitamins (By Mouth)

Prenatal vitamins are used to supplement the diet during pregnancy and during breastfeeding.

Brand Name(s):
Prenate GT, Precare Prenatal, Natalcare Rx, Natalcare Plus, Citracal Prenatal Rx, Ultra Natalcare, Duet Stuartnatal, Nestabs Rx, Natalcare CFE 60, Premesis Rx, Embrex 600, Nutrinate, Stuartnatal Plus 3, Precare Conceive, Natafort
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use prenatal vitamins if you have ever had an allergic reaction to vitamin and mineral supplements.

How to Use This Medicine:

Coated Tablet, Capsule, Chewable Tablet, Liquid Filled Capsule, Powder, Tablet

     
  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.  
  • Swallow the tablet or capsule whole. Do not break, chew, or crush it.  
  • The chewable tablet should be chewed before you swallow it.  
  • Dissolve the powder in 4 to 5 ounces of water and drink the mixture right away.

If a dose is missed:

     
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.  
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

     
  • Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.  
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

     
  • You should not use other vitamin and mineral supplements while you are receiving prenatal vitamins.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

     
  • Follow the diet prescribed by your doctor.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

     
  • Dark stools or constipation  
  • Mild nausea

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Revision date: July 4, 2011
Last revised: by David A. Scott, M.D.

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